A Call to Courage Accepting the Challenge Will Certainly Help You

Last Update: April 30, 2019

I really watch television and when I do it has to be something I'm particularly interested in. I don't watch television to relax and watch television to learn. For once I have watched something that took my breathe away.


Brene Brown has just brought out a one hour and 60 minutes special called the Call to Courage.

Some of you may not have even heard of Brene Brown. If I were to tell you she has a PhD and she studies shame and vulnerability you may well wonder why I am sending you to watch it. Yet that is exactly what I'm doing if you have got Netflix you should go and take a look.

I have been reading her works for over 20 years and they're not always easy reading. I defy anyone to watch her programme on Netflix which basically recaps all of the research without crying in the last few minutes she speaks about her daughter and her swimming battles.

"Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.

From Brene Brown's Gifts Of Imperfection book

What has this got to do with Internet Marketing?

All of us face professional difficulties. The challenges that can break us or cause us to give up. During the course of her 20 year research she has found that vulnerability is the way through. She defines vulnerability as having the courage to show up even when you can't control the outcome.

She challenges what psychologists were taught, what I was taught in university during my psychology degree. It taught me that vulnerability is certainly not about weakness it's about strength. It's about coming out of our comfort zone and daring greatly. "Daring Greatly" is the title of one of her earlier books.

In the book she uses the quote from Teddy Roosevelt Citizenship in a Republic speech which you may have heard of as "the man in the arena speech".

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again.

Because there is no effort without error and shortcomings but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause.

What at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails at least fails while daring greatly........... "

The Lesson is A life and Business Lesson

The lesson to be learned there is Internet marketers is that we shouldn't give up. We all have the capacity to show up and expose our vulnerability as we learn. We take risks and we believe that we can make our lives better.

The super affiliate here are those that stay in the arena that despite their blood sweat and tears don't give up. They don't let everyday life get in the way they are focused enough to know what they want and go for it.They have worked through their difficulties with this communities help

I've often watch people here who are waiting till they get to a point where they are, what they define "perfect". By waiting till that time you deny the unique gifts that you bring to the arena.

You don't have to be perfect and you don't have to be an authority but you do have to show up. We need to have the willingness to engage even though we were walking into a void where we don't know what we are doing.

We are good enough as we are, and even if you think that from the bottom of your very soul then it's still worth watching that documentary.

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agychin Premium
Thanks for the advice and comforting words. I admit that imperfection caused us lack of self confidence. Anyway, nothing is perfect in this world. We still need to move on whatever the consequences.

Even though, I feel that I am moving like a tortoise BUT sooner or later, I shall conquer my goal. This is what I always remind myself.

Much appreciation,
TheCatherine Premium
Agnes I am sure you will get there
brichnow21 Premium
Do many things, imperfectly, but completely!
Progress, not perfection. Forward, steady movement! ...after all, Roman wasn't built In a day!
I love the background information, too, Elaine. How people have overcome, adversity, is always, an inspirational topic!
TheCatherine Premium
Love the philosophy barb do many things Imperfectly, but completely.
Thanks for stopping by Catherine
brichnow21 Premium
That's been, my mantra, Elaine, for the last couple of months! I can get caught up in minutia!
RosanaHart Premium
Oh man this was important to read.
TheCatherine Premium
thank you Rosanna
CandP Premium
Great post! For sure, we are in the arena and we need to keep showing up and doing the work.
Never give up!
Thanks for your positive motivation.
C & P
TheCatherine Premium
You are very welcome
FKelso Premium
Well, I've shown up yet another day. Thanks for the encouragement. We need to just be willing to share who we are.
TheCatherine Premium